How to install Skype Preview for desktop on Windows 10 Creators Update

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Microsoft has just released a brand new Skype Preview app for Windows desktop users that introduces a brand new user interface and several new features, some of which have been in testing in the Windows 10 app for some time. Oddly, the new desktop preview app is only available for Windows 7, Windows 8 and legacy versions of Windows 10, but there's a way of installing it on the latest version of Windows 10 too.

If you're on the Anniversary Update or Creators Update, trying to install the new preview app will result in the installer telling you to use the Skype UWP app instead. As we all know, the UWP version of the app is rubbish in comparison, and the new Skype Preview for desktop app is an all round better app. So, here's how to bypass that block and get the new app installed on the latest versions of Windows 10.

Install the Skype Preview desktop app

  1. Download the Installer
  2. Once downloaded, right-click on the installer file and select "properties."

  1. At the top of the window, select the "Compatibility" tab.

  1. Select the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" option.

  1. Select Windows 8 in the drop-down menu.

  1. Select OK.
  2. Run the Installer.

There you have it, the program will now run and install on the latest version of Windows 10. Let us know what you think of the new Skype Preview app.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Is this compatibility settings required only for the preview version? I have the regular (non-UWP) version installed without any of these settings and it does update itself (just did it couple of days ago).
  • This trick apply just to jump the restriction on the installer of the preview version.
  • How do "we" know the current version is "rubbish" in comparison, when we really don't have anything to compare it to? 
  • What do you mean, of course we have something to compare to the current UWP app, it's this app they're talking about in the article
  • :(
  • ...what exactly makes the UWP app rubbish in comparison to the old one?
  • for me it's not having split view available, but it's also not as reliable with notifications, it doesn't have as many features/options, and now, it doesn't even have the new design/features available on iOS and Android (while the old one does, with this public preview)
  • scartch that, just tried the new desktop preview, no CTRL+F to search conversations, AND no split view available, I'm banging my head on the wall now, am I the only one that cares about this?
  • you are either delusional or simply ignorant. fanboy
  • The drawing in the "we redesigned Skype" screenshot looks so bad. It tells me that MS still avoids to hire proper graphic designers 😞
  • I just installed this thing and it has basically been neutered into a simple web app. Terrible!
  • Why must everything coming out of Microsoft seem to have a hassle attached to it?
  • Uses alot of resources. 300MB+ of ram being used and my cpu is running hotter. Telegram Messenger is much better.
  • Unigram :)
  • "As we all know, the UWP version of the app is rubbish in comparison, and the new Skype Preview for desktop app is an all round better app." No way. The UWP version is better. It uses fewer resources, updates automatically in the background (I HATE being prompted to update applications), perfectly supports multi-way voice calls, video calls, screen sharing, live tile for new Skypes, texting, receiving texts sent to my phone, and more. It supports multiple cameras and mics. It's nearly perfect. My only complaint with Skype UWP is its lack of support for Window Sharing vs. screen sharing. I have a 4k monitor and a portrait 1600x2520 monitor. Neither of those are generally good to share when I just want to show the meeting a single window. I think that the desktop version of Skype supported that, if I remember correctly.